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CULTURAL CRITIQUE AND ANALYSIS: HAVING THE CONVERSATION

For quite some time both here and in other venues (chiefly the Byte Show and in the members' area on this site), I have been talking about the necessity for informed people to reclaim the culture, and in many instances I have coupled this to yet another idea, that standard political action, particularly in a political system as corrupt as that which the USA's has become, is really not a long term strategy that, in my opinion, will work. "Working within the system" appears only to recruit otherwise decent people into the prevailing corruption.

By this I have meant that we need a deep conversation -- a deep analysis and critique -- of the memes and institutions we take for granted. Repeatedly I have attempted to point out that we live in a culture of extraordinary cognitive dissonance, and let me give but one example. In the USA - and I imagine there are analogies to be found in other Western countries - the Constitution itself is viewed in quasi-religious terms, as a kind of deified, sacred text, on the one hand, while simultaneously, it is a document that in practice the political left and right really pay little attention to.  Thus, even to suggest the idea that it might be a deeply flawed document, needing careful scrutiny, is tantamount in some circles to a kind of political heresy.

Or, take this article from the Daily Bell, which is precisely the sort of cultural "deep analysis" that I have in mind:

Rolling Stone Channels Steinbeck With Story About the US Declining Middle Class

The Daily Bell is here correct, but I suggest even here, we need to go deeper. Central banking has thrived in the USA as in no other country previously in history, in spite of Constitutional provisions that would imply or suggest that such an institution was the farthest thing from the mind of the Founding Fathers. Thus, there is a deeply seated meme or attitude of anti-historicism in American culture, and to the extent America influences the rest of the West, in the West at large. This attitude is that history began in 1776. But the rise of modern central banking is an old story, go far back into history, when the contemporary playbook of what the Daily Bell is rightly calling a tiny viscious cabal, was being formulated. We cannot ignore the deep historical roots of that story, and if we do, we do so to our own peril.

But even that idea - that the founding fathers implicitly wrote the constitution in order to curb the "money power" - is itself one of those memes (in this case, emanating from the libertarian and conservative right), that needs to be examined.  Is it really true? We need only recall that almost as soon as the current constitutional system was ratified, Alexander Hamilton was in bed with that very same money power, concocting a scheme to monetize the debt incurred by the original thirteen States during the revolution.  Had the founding fathers intended to clearly prohibit the establishment of central banking, doubtless they could have written a clause "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a special exclusive or corporate privilege to loan money to the federal government," or words to that effect.

Deep cultural analysis, is however, suggested by The Daily Bell in another sense, with the reference to Ayn Rand, and their suspicions that she had some hidden agenda. Rand is, of course, a heroine to the libertarian segment of society as a champion of rigorous non-governmental intervention and philosophy.

Yet, a close look at that most architectonic of all novels, Atlas Shrugged, reveals something that always profoundly disturbed me. There are two central characters in that novel - Midas Mulligan, a thinly disguised version of JP Morgan - and of course, the central character, John Galt, who invented a radical new engine, and radical new source of energy, a much more carefully disguised Nikola Tesla. In the novel, of course, the two men are bosom buddies, and Galt withdrew his technology from the world voluntarily.But the reality was otherwise, an in that reality that is obfuscated in the novel, we find, perhaps, the agenda: Morgan was, of course, one of the leading forces behind the creation of the Federal reserve, and was instrumental in the suppression of Tesla's wireless power technology. To my knowledge, this discrepancy - and the possible agenda that it suggests about Rand herself - has never been openly discussed.

We could go on and on, but my point here is in line with the implications of the Daily Bell article, namely, that the cultural critique and conversation was basically put on hold for a century, with the media consolidation into a few corporate and oligarchical hands. With the internet, we now have a window of opportunity to have that conversation, and to have it on a global scale. We must leave no cultural stone unturned, no widely accepted meme - even those of long standing or quasi-sacred status, unturned. And as always, we must beware especially the extreme elements on either end of the dialectic of left and right.

See you on the flip side.

40 thoughts on “CULTURAL CRITIQUE AND ANALYSIS: HAVING THE CONVERSATION”

  1. The preamble to the Constitution dedicates America to “ Secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

    That`s Posterity with a big “P” which has a specific meaning.However unpalatable it is to sensitive ears,it was white people writing those words,OUR white ancestors,WE are their Posterity.

    It should not need to be said that targeting their Posterity for genocide via mandatory mass immigration and “assimilation” is High Treason according to the constitution.

  2. I think we need to go even.deeper than is.suggested here and challenge some fundamental assumptions (which also ties into the suppression of the metaphor). The biggest assumption we must lift up and hold to the light is the idea that some people have the moral right to rule over others. Without this superstition, most of these problems cannot occur.

    One cannot delegate rights that he/she does not have. Therefore, no person or group of people can create a government that has the right to steal property, incarcerate or legislate behavior. No political ritual can give a person rights that others do not possess. This mistsken belief, I believe, was implanted way back during the aftermath of the Cosmic War when Humans were created. This superstition has led to endless war, governments, religions, etc.

    Most of the evil that people commit is done in the name of authority. Why did the German people allow the Nazis to do as they did? Because they respected “authority”. Why do Americans slaughter people overseas, brutslize their fellow citizens under the guise of law enforcement and rat each other out for trivial.behaviors? Because the law is perceived to be morally legitimate, even when it murders, even when it steals, even when it destroys liberty.

    There can be no “working within the system” and more than you could join the Mafia and make it a nice organization. This myth pervades everything and colors the decisions of all who accept it.

    Those who are interested in this and want to read further should pick up a copy of “The Most Dangerous Superstition” by Larken Rose. He also has some excellent videos on youtube.

    Lest anyone be confused, this is not simply an argument against government, but against all authority and all who seek to use force to dominate others. Without the consent of the population, due to this superstition, the political thugs could never get away with banking fraud or war or wire tapping or anything else.

  3. It is interesting to note that people are beginning to realize the need for more substantial discussions about the issues which are of everyone’s concerns.

  4. “Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.”
    Publius Cornelius Tacitus on the Roman Empire.
    (They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace.) Loeb Classical library translation.

    “They plunder, they slaughter and they steal and through social engineering they make an intellectual wasteland of the human mind: this they call the new global civilization.”
    LegioXIV on The Powers That Be.

  5. well…this isa little off topic, but ididnt know how else to post it..so here goes.i am an artist and my remarks come from that angle.As i see the endless postings of crop circles on you tube and elsewhere, a thought dawned on me.Dr. Farrell has made a great case for ufology as a new religion.I quite agree.The job of religion is always to wow the masses, and to strip people of their individuality, so the basis of this statement i make these observations…
    RENAISSANCE ART,CROP CIRCLES AND UFOLOGY….
    Renaissance art was a kind of movie business in its time, as so brilliantly analyzed by art historian Erwin Panofsky.Frescoe where still motion pictures propandizing for the catholic church. Leonardo and Michelangelo worked in this “movie industry”..it frankly was how an artist stayed employed.Leonardo in my opinion was wise to the whole thing,and was actually irreligious, whereas Michelangelo ultimately succumbed to religiosity, despite being homosexual like Leonardo.When i visited St. Peters in Rome for the first time i realized that the function of that grand dome was to make you feel that heaven is always just out of your reach and that you are a “fallen creature”and somewhat worthless.cut to now..the new religion of UFOLOGY, which recapitulates the old ones,or uses the old religious model employs high tech artists, rather than than the creation of frescoes and chapels
    In my opinion,crop circles are made by terrestrial technology{Brian Desborough makes a great case for this}..Now i will speculate a bit here. I think that artists with high tech capabilities are working for this new church of ufology creating the designs for these crop circles. So to close it is very likely that these “artists” are trained by the UFO priesthood to pull of this sleight of hand

    1. The “artists” would have to be quite highly skilled in mathematics
      because that’s what [genuine] crop circles are.

      And yes, we do have the tech and those are put down to try to dispell
      the so-called myth of it all.

      If that’s the case, I have to wonder about what the [math]
      conversation is all about (?)
      😉

      1. yea Hal…all ihave pointed out is the so called “artistry” in volved…as to what the the “messages” they are sending i dont have a clue

        1. Perhaps, although they seem to follow our ‘advances’ in math
          from the simple solid circles of a few hundred years ago
          (if that is so) to calculus, fractals and chaos.

          I’m not sure that says much either way.
          [Just for the thought of it]

  6. Personally, I am sowing the ANTI-WHITE and WHITE GENOCIDE memes as a way of combating the ongoing genocide of the white race:

    “……whites are not having enough babies to replacement themselves in white homelands, THEN massive numbers of non-whites are pushed into these white homelands against the wishes of the whites. Integration, tolerance and assimilation are then used to blend the whites out of existence. The end result is obvious and inevitable. This is what is known as white genocide. Can you dispute this?”

  7. Have you seen the the online video http://www.thrivemovement.com/ ? I would be surprised if you have not. Along w/ the Venus project,the zeitgeist movies and the dvd “Gashole”. There seems to be a growing awareness out in the world that ,there are real ,low cost practical solutions to our problems in this world. The Money Power stands in the way and worried the people may upset the economic applecart .

    1. I would rather focus on the ongoing genocide of the white race and fix that. Once fixed, I don’t believe there will be any economic or other problems remaining.
      Building the inner strength of white people to resist, push back and conquer TPTB is the whole purpose of the ANTI-WHITE and WHITE GENOCIDE memes.
      There is a lot of brainwashing to overcome and I see this as a focused way to bring down the wall of lies and deception.

    2. What I see is like what Jesus saw when he looked on the masses of people in his day, “sheep without a shephard.”

      The focus that these two simple memes: ANTI-WHITE and WHITE GENOCIDE give, its like giving a shepherd to the white race leading to the promised land (racial survival).

      Most people think they need a universalist/ multi-cultural solution to these problems. Who gave us that orientation?

      1. Hi George. I think the problem is the opposite. We have too much shepharding and dependance instead of selfsufficiency and self empowerment and education. Time to kick the shephards to the curb because humans never were meant to behave or treated like sheep.

        1. Its a war over ideas and words. Thru propaganda people believe false ideas and false words when they are out of touch with reality or the facts.

          When I said ANTI-WHITE and WHITE GENOCIDE (memes) were like shepherds of people (going every which way), I was not talking about physical shepherds.

          An idea that explains a reality, not understood before, that f many become aware of (mentally), unite a “flock of sheep” going every which way.

          What I see is well intentioned people going every which were and not being a solid obstacle to TPTB.

          I’m working on white genocide and implanting that idea in the minds of white people. I encourage others to do likewise.

          1. Randall B. Buchanan

            Sir,
            be very careful. What you said can be easily misconstrued by a lot of folks.
            best regards

          2. Thanks for your concern. Most people are brainwashed and need a little jarring to wake them up and shake off their programming. The ANTI-WHITE and WHITE GENOCIDE concepts do move people, pro and con.

          3. Yes, I agree. It’s very ominous that whites are, at presen,t not allowed anywhere on the planet where they can thrive and control thier own destiny. I certainly don’t see resistance to TPTB coming from non-whites that are pouring into every white country. This is important. Anti-racist really is a code word for anti-white.

          4. The anti-white global elites have a program of dispossession and race replacement of whites by non-whites. A lot of this has already happened. Given time its total white extinction. Its a white genocide program.

      2. Jesus who?

        There is no evidence whatsoever for this.
        Saul/Paul built up a church and I’ll bet he had lots
        of “gobbledegook” to back him.

  8. Well when America becomes brown, I’m sure you can have all the deep discussions about the constitution you want. Race is real and it matters.

  9. an example of an awful breakaway civilization program is the aerosol operation, the endless spraying of the earths lower atmosphere since 1997. Done in broad daylight and mostly unnoticed by the populace, because they are caught up in mountains of hollow rhetoric.The earths lower atmosphere has been hi jacked by certain unknown players, and due to their activities the natural world is being destroyed. So my question is this..how can we re claim our culture when the the very foundation upon which culture is built {the natural world} is being destroyed right in front of our eyes?

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Good point.
      Sadly, there are many fronts upon which that is occurring.
      One you point out; another Dr. Farrell point out, the cancerous private sequential monetized debt system(John McMutry cancer stage capitalism).
      There are many more.

    2. The oxygen levels alone have dropped over 7% during
      the past century.
      A short enough time to be very concerned,
      but long enough to erase personal memory
      in feeling any difference.

      1. If you enjoy reading hard copy, rick, there’s a book
        published a few years ago called simply, “Chemtrails.”
        I just started it, but it seems to cover the subject well so far.

        1. I fished it out of one of the piles and “Chemtrails”
          is very prominent across the top…………
          but the name is actually, “Chemtrails Confirmed”
          by William Thomas.
          The full sized paperback has an overall blue cover and it is from 2004.

          Yes, it is very good, doesn’t seem to contradict what I klnow.

  10. Robert Barricklow

    The constitution is flawed. A good book on that subject is: Cracks in the Constitution by Ferdinand Lundberg.
    Yes Hamilton was a turncoat from my perspective. Both the American Revolution & The War of 1812 were primarialy about the power of money, specifically The Bank of England(Rothschild).
    From it’s deadly grip on power as spawned what we witness today.
    But this “power” is ancient. It’s grip may as well be a strong as a moecular bond, for once within it’s grip, few escape it’s narcotic effects. Talk about Transhuman Power.

  11. i would add that all the societal control and lies, most of which need to be ditched, along with the religious tone to this whole society, provides gret cover for the activities of the “break away civilization”. With all the memes that make up this society, and all the attendant brainwash, The awful agendas of the breakaway civilization can be conducted in broad daylight, and no one will notice

  12. Randall B. Buchanan

    Greetings Dr. Farrell,
    I have read your Blog and the accompanying Daily Bell article. And once again you have articulated for me something that I intuitively felt but could not put into words in a satisfactory manor. You probably don’t remember the previous time I commented on one of your articles. You were very kind to respond to my comment and I thank you very much for your time and input. Your Blog made me think of all the times I’ve listened to the talking heads both from the right and the left. They point fingers, blame each other for their failures, and spotlight specific incidents and problems. But, they never seem to come out and say what the real cause of the probelms we face are or offer any real solutions. It’s very frustrating to say the least. My wife she’s avid listener to talk radio and is always extolling the virtues of Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Eric Ramsey. I try to be paitient with her and explain to her what these people are about. I can’t sit more than 5 or 10 minutes listening to them to the point I’m so disgusted with their short sightedness, and inability to think outside of the box. I have to retreat, no flee to my sanctuary, basement/war room/work shop/mancave and play with Militaria collection. To put it simply, all they’re doing is regurgitating party dogma and propaganda. Hell, they just ought to call Fox the Ministry Of Information And Public Enlightenment I wonder if there is a decendant of Dr. Goebbels working in there. ( I apoligze my keyboard does not have a “Umlaut” key) Dr. Farrell I have always been a conservative since I was old enough to understand. I was conservative when it was very unfashionable to be so in highschool during the 70s and I suffered for it socially. Now, these same people are adults, married with children and grandchildren, jobs and responsibilities. The majority of which proudly proclaim themselves to be Republican and Christian! What hypocrasy! I knew these people what they thought, and how they acted outside of reach of their parents now they’re all upright and respectable. I seriously doubt that they ever questioned anything that they were being spoonfed when they were growing up. And it’s these good respectable people that are part of the problem that as a nation we are facing. Praying and platitudes are not going to get us out of this mess. As we all know the government in its present form is absolutely corrupt from top to bottom. The only way it’s going to change is to remove the threat to our way of life and that means smashing the IRS into atoms, Round up and arrest the heads of the Fedral Reserve System and like in the days of the Inquisition “put them to the question”. Being the cowards that they are it would take little or no effort to get them to reveal who their masters are. I realize that you find these sort of things barbaric. But the situation has gotton to the point of no return and somehow we as a people have to unite and make them fear us I don’t want their love or respect if they’re capable of such a thing. Afterall, they have’nt shown us any compassion or mercy over the uncounted millenia to obtain their goals of a resurrected Atlantis for lack of a better term. I’m bad at quotations so please forgive me if this does not come out right. Was’nt Patrick Henry who said and I’m paraphrasing “From time to time it is necessary to water the Tree Of Liberty with the blood of tyrants and patriots”. Dr. Farrell I am not a hateful man, at least I try not to be I don’t have the time or energy for it. I try not to be judgemental but , being human and we have all these weaknesses I like others sometimes are given over to our baser emotions. In order to accomplish something we have utilize the strength of our darkside or else we are trampled under foot. Pacifism it’s nice idea but in the reality that we are in it is not workable. To be flippant for a moment, there is a word describing Pacifists (DEAD). Yes I know you can cite what Ghandi and his followers did in India. Historically the way I see it that is the abberation not the norm. You know history ever since way before current recorded history it has always been the few ruling over the many. And I fear that this Republic will be just another footnote in the collective history of this planet for intellectuals to argue about in some unknown distant future. By now I’m sure you’re tired of my ravings so I will end this. I am looking forward to the Babylon’s Banksters sequel and I thank you for your time and induldgence. Hail and Farewell!
    best regards,
    Randall B. Buchanan
    Sugar Hill, Georgia USA

    1. Actually it was Thomas Jefferson….that aside,I agree, the system is rotten from top to bottom, and it is largely the bankster-military-industrial corporate oligarchs that have made it that way. I doubt very much, however, that the solution you suggest, a Philippe le Bel sort of thing, will work, since the phenomenon they represent is a GLOBAL(ist) class, and any effective response TO their threat has to be at THAT level.

      1. Randall B. Buchanan

        Dr. Farrell,
        thank you very much. I stand corrected on the quotation. And you are right about the Philippe le Bel solution under the present conditions it could never work. However, it’s still fun to think about what should be or how it once was in the halcyon days. Thank you again.
        best regards,
        Randall B. Buchanan
        Sugar Hill, Georgia USA

  13. Problem is, two thirds of all those who are born will not respect a fair and responsible system that they can’t manipulate and dominate. Such a system is worse than hell to them. Half of that two thirds would rather die or destroy the whole planet rather than play fair. This spread of personality types was deeply inbedded into the DNA of many animal species to ensure their survival in both feast and famine conditions and to self regulate their population numbers. Problem now is current technology in the hands of those unable to rise above their mindless beast natures will lead to extinction of the species. The next generation human being that can and does rise spiritually above their animal impulses and who have come to know thy selves and master thy selves enough to thrive with this technology and future technology exists but they are only about one percent or perhaps only one percent of one percent of the population. Unfortunately our current elite are not of this higher order and have been instrumental in supressing the growth of this human super potential. Our current elite are the worst of our three animal natures and unless they get removed from the equation soon will destroy us all and themselves. But they would rather have our total destruction rather than allow the future human potential displace them from power. The inquisition against this future potential is still in full force but is waged with chemicals, social disfunctional programming, and war rather than the old witch hunts. But the elite may be bringing even those back with their decision to back Muslim extremists bid for world domination.

  14. God [Providence] is in the Declaration of Independence,
    but was DELIBERATELY left out of the Constitution,
    which is the country’s premier legal document,
    while the D of I was an elucidation of reasons for
    the revolt in letter form to the King.

  15. Sure the worship of banking (not necessarily central though) caused much of the suffering of those profiled in the Rolling Stone article.

    But a much greater problem for the subjects of that article, and for the Daily Bell, is the blind worship of Randian principles, which is the much greater cause of that suffering. To be clear those Randcult positions would be: That the government’s rules can’t help. That all–including the plutocrats–have no obligations to the all with whom we live.

    Rand’s worship of Galt or whomever sure suggests that she never imagined that anyone else from the 1880s through the 1930s had ever done successful “engine” work. In fact Rand just seems like an occulted kind of suppression of what consciousness could have. And yes, there’d be laws and rules regulating what you can do with that consciousness–one many not redirect these energies as a weapon of war, as one may not build an atomic pile in the basement–no matter what the Mr Galts would aspire to.

    One of the biggest problems with Rand, and a not positive source of her atheism, is that she can’t imagine any world beyond her mind, and in the totalitarian Nietzschean mold she imagines she knows the totality of her mind. This lack of depth may very well explain her reputation for kinky sex games; sex being an approach to death/depth here–wonder just what she did with that jazz sax player Alan Greenspan? (Yes that’s the Alan Greenspan.) Ironic, not really when considering her need for a hero to control her world, that she has such direct links to central banking.

  16. Mary linderman

    Thank you for this Joseph. The US needs to grow up as a society. We need to have a thriving, diverse culture of clear thinking.

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